Every single driver on the road is a potential suspect to a police officer.
Officers need to be on the lookout, quite literally, at all times to spot
someone who is breaking the law. Most often, this means looking for drivers
who could be intoxicated behind the wheel. In order to do so efficiently,
there are a few “telltale” signs and behaviors that the police
keep an eye open for when trying to identify drunk drivers in a moment.
To reduce your chances of being pulled over and mistaken for a drunk driver,
you should try to always remember to avoid these actions. If you do end
up being arrested for a traffic offense or
contact a Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney from our firm right away for a consultation.
The top five signs of intoxicated driving that the police watch for are:
Drifting: Lane control is one of those things that just becomes much more difficult
when intoxicated, no matter how many years you have been driving. A vehicle
that is drifting left or right while headed down a straightaway is almost-certainly
going to get pulled to the side of the road by the first patrol officer
in the area.
No headlights: Driving in the dark without headlights is dangerous and also a forgetful
behavior that is common among intoxicated motorists. Whenever you head
out and the sun is setting, rising, or completely absent, use your headlights.
Speeding: The eyes of a drunk driver may seldom or never reach their speedometer,
causing them to barrel down roads well above the speed limit without realizing
it. Be mindful of your speed at all times, and never travel faster than
what is safe for road and weather conditions. If you do speed, you might
just see flashing red-and-blue in your rearview mirror.
Tailgating: Following too closely is a frequent habit of all drivers but seems to
be all the more common among intoxicated drivers, who may follow closely
to copy the motions of the car ahead of them in an attempt to avoid lane drift.
Ignoring traffic signals: Police are especially vigilant around intersections, where the majority
of accidents occur. A car that ignores traffic signals – going straight
through a stop sign or red light, failing to realize when the light turns
green, and so on – is likely going to be a car that gets pulled over.
Police cannot pull over someone without reasonable suspicion that they
are committing or have just committed a crime, such as
driving under the influence. While the aforementioned signs and behaviors can be indicative of intoxicated
driving, they are not solid concrete evidence that necessarily allow the
police to stop a vehicle. Law enforcement are also not allowed to stereotype
their suspects, making certainty of intoxication even more important when
they pull someone over.
If you have been arrested for a DUI and you believe that your rights were
overstepped during the stop or booking process, our Santa Rosa DUI attorney
from the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. can protect you. With
more than a decade of experience in criminal law and thousands of cases handled, our law
firm can provide you with the tenacious representation you need to hold
onto your driving privileges. Call
707.418.5352 today to request your